Resisting the desires of the Flesh
4 For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.
16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
Colossians 2:23 – These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.
One of the greatest issues dividing Christians is the doctrine of works and grace. Well, we all know we’ve been saved by grace unto good works. This shouldn’t be a cause of contention as we all know that after being saved by the grace of God, we ought to live a Christ-like life; Paul calls this “bearing fruits”. Long before Jesus came and died on the cross and resurrected, there was a system in place to keep people in check. It was called the Law of Moses or the Law of Sin and Death. Basically, there was a punishment for defaulting and to be forgiven you must sacrifice a goat or some other specified animal yearly; really expensive right? God in His infinite wisdom had already planned to send Jesus to die on the cross, Jesus ultimately came and died, and through his death and resurrection we’ve been made right with God after we believe. For this very reason, Paul says in our first key scripture, that if you’re looking to make yourself right with God by keeping the annulled law, then you’ve fallen from grace.
Our second key scripture tells us that these laws, though they look awesome and powerful and worthy of all emulation, they can’t help us live a godly life. Think about it, how does wearing skirts or not wearing trousers help us overcome fornication? How does planting just one crop on a piece of land help us overcome the desire to illegally seize a property from our neighbor? Obviously it can’t. Glory be to God that we are not powerless against the desires of our flesh. The King James version of Galatians 5:16 says:
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh”
Amazing! The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God and we know as believers that in Him we move, live and have our being. If we follow the leading of the Spirit, we’ll know when and when not to do some things. You might want
to insult someone who had already insulted you, but the Holy Spirit would tell you to forgive that person. It might be hard but you know the Holy Spirit is never wrong. The more we obey Him, the more yielded we are to Him.
Dearly beloved, rather than striving to be a goody two shoes, why not follow the leading of the Spirit today, He’s in you forever. GOD BLESS YOU.
Dear Lord, thank you for Your Spirit in me, He’s helping me and guiding me to be just like You, Amen.
Author – Andy